Sean Penn: 'I Think It's A Good Idea' to Have Ted Cruz Committed

By Susan Jones | October 29, 2013 | 9:09 AM EDT

Actor and liberal activist Sean Penn (AP File Photo)

( - "There's a mental health problem in Congress," says actor and liberal activist Sean Penn. The president could solve the problem "by committing them by executive order," Penn told CNN's Piers Morgan Monday night.

Asked if Penn would have "people like Ted Cruz" committed, Penn said, "He is my American brother. I won't -- I think we should take care of him, he is in, he's the trouble."

"Well, actually have him committed," Morgan followed up.

"Yeah, I think it's a good idea," Penn said.

Penn, in a rambling way, also identified a "lack of education" as a "huge problem that we're dealing with in the country."

"But the thing you're talking about (tea party influence) and, and the way people's perception of political positions are, is a direct reaction to their lack of, of their education, which is a huge problem that we're dealing with in the country -- and between an uneducated people and the solipsism of people like Ted Cruz and their party.

"It's a poisonous thing, and these things with what we talked about with, you know, this is why this period of time, this is one of the things that's so fascinating to me in Haiti. Here's this country with -- where we have it all, we have it all to make it great and we find ways from self-destructing and by, you know, saying nasty things about each other and being crazy and yet here's Haiti."

Penn went on the show to discuss his humanitarian efforts on behalf of Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2010.

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